Bright Eyes Lead Singer Suing Fan Over Rape Allegations
Conor Oberst, lead singer of the indie band Bright Eyes, is suing a fan over her accusations that she was raped by the singer at the age of 16.
Bright Eyes is an indie rock band from Omaha, Nebraska that consists of primarily Conor Oberst, Mike Mogis and Nate Walcott. The band has been around since the mid 90's and has had a successful career, even being friends with "the boss," Bruce Springsteen. Lately in the news unfortunately, there has been a story circulating that Oberst raped a fan back in 2003.
The claim came from Joanie Faircloth, who wrote about the situation on a blog on the website XOJane.com, in a series called," It Happened To Me." Faircloth's accusations stated that back in 2003 she attended a Bright Eyes concert and was introduced to Conor Oberst through his brother, who was her English teacher at the time. Not only did Faircloth say she was raped by Oberst, she also said she was punched by the singer. Oberst has vehemently denied these allegations, saying it has damaged his reputation and is now seeking monetary damages and attorney fees. He is asking for 1 million dollars.
You can read more about the lawsuit here.